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Design Week Portland’s “Pop-Up Festival” Begins Today

Saturday, October 10, 2015


Janine Vangool; via Design Week Portland's Facebook page

Design Week Portland will hold a pop-up festival this week, with eight days of events and open houses.

Design Week Portland, held each year in April but previously held in October, is a yearly exposition for the Portland design community. The event covers most of the city and asks the Portland's creatives and their employers to stage events under the Design Week Portland Name.

To keep the festival’s momentum going, organizers created a “pop-up” version of the fest, which will feature one daily open house at a Portland design company and a discussion led by leaders in the design community.

The pop-up east will kick off on Saturday, with an open house entitled “Made Here PDX” it will feature quality goods that were created in Portland. On Saturday evening, there will be a discussion on a  history of the typewriter led by Janine Vangool, and the First Annual Portland Type Jam, featuring an exhibit of unique and rare typewriters, typewriter clinics and more.

Open houses will be held throughout the week, with exhibitions from Ampersand/CORD, Context Partners, SET, FINE, Spooltown, Allied Works Architecture and Hand-Eye Supply. Discussions and evening exhibits will feature conversations on Realizing the Future Through Design, The “Blogosphere” and more.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit the Design Week Portland website.


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Pumpkin Beer Festival

The Pumpkin Beer Festival offers 25 pumpkin beers, pumpkin-related games, and live street music.

Guests can pair their brews with a pumpkin menu or try a pumpkin cocktail instead. 

Where? Green Dragon Bistro & Brew Pub, 928 SE 9th Ave, Portland 

When? 11 AM- 12 AM, October 18.

Suggested donation of $5 at the door to benefit Camp Ukandu

More info here 

Photo Credit: Joel Olives via Compfight cc

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Pumpkin Regatta Festival

The Pumpkin Regatta Festival is a free race across the Tualatin lake in giant pumpkins, plus a 5K run, pumpkin carving, music, entertainment, kids’ crafts, costume contest,  and food and drink vendors.

This year marks the festival's 11th anniversary. The event attracts spectators from all over the Pacific Northwest, United States and Canada, and has been featured on national media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, CNN and the Travel Channel, says the city of Tualatin website

Where? The Tualatin Lake of the Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg St. 

When? 10 AM- 4 PM, Saturday, October 18.

More info here

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Zombie Walk

Want to see thousands of Portlanders walk and dance down the street dressed like zombies? Well then the Portland Zombie Walk is for you.

Would-be zombies are already practicing their dance moves for the walk, and you can join. 

The Zombie Walk is an annual event that started as a flash mob in 2006 by private organizers. 

Where? Hollywood Vintage Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97212

When? October 25, time has yet to be determined 

More info here 

Photo Credit: Gianluca Ramalho Misiti, Zombie Walk 2012

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Beard & Mustache Contest

Time to start growing those beards even longer, Portland men. The World Beard and Moustache Championships are almost here! 

The 2014 'Just for Men' beard and mustache contest is invading Portland's  Keller Auditorium. Hundreds of the world’s best “beardsmen” will put the art of facial hair on display for all to admire. 

Where? Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St, Portland, OR 97201

When? 1:00 PM, Saturday, October 25. 

More info here

Photo Credit: PJrhymeswithsausage, 2011 Natioinal Beard & Mustache Championships

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Thriller Dance Portland

Dancers, Michael Jackson fans, and Halloween enthusiasts, are gearing up for Thrill the World Portland. Dressed in ghoulish attire, hundreds of Portlanders will ring in the Halloween spirit dancing to "Thriller," in Fremont park.

Interested participants can attend dance practices to prepare for the event. 

More info here

Event: 3:00 PM, Saturday October 25 at Irving City Park, North East Freemont St., Portland 

Dance Practices: 6-8 PM on Friday Evenings: September 26, October 10, 17, 24, and 2-4 PM Sunday afternoons: September 28, October 5, 12, 19. 

Photo Credit: iStock 

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North West Cider Festival

The North West Ciderfest features cider tasting for adults, crafts & games for kids, food carts, a pie-eating contest, and live music.

Ciderfest is a collaboration of the local Muscular Dystrophy Association, and proceeds will help fun MDA's clinics at Shriner’s Hospital and OHSU Medical Center as well as Oregon Neurology Associates and Sacred Heart.

Where? Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., Portland

When? 10 AM-8 PM, October 11 

More info here

Photo Credit: iStock

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Apple Tasting

Taste and buy 60 kinds of apples and pears, visit a kids’ tent, see cider making, and hear live music at Portland's Apple Tasting Festival. 

Enter the scarecrow contest to win a $100 Portland Nursery gift card. All entrants get a free five-pound bag of apples.

Where? Portland Nursery, 5050 South East Stark St., Portland

When? 10 AM-5 PM, October 10-12, and 17-19 

More info here

Photo Credit: iStock

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Distiller's Festival

The 10th annual Great American Distillers festival features tastings from 40 craft distillers, a mixology contest, and special events. 

The festival includes seminars, dinners, a product-packaging competition, distillery tours, and a cocktail contest. 

All proceeds benefit local and national charities, as well as the Oregon Distillers Guild and Oregon Distillery Trail

Tickets are $20 general admission (in advance), $25 at the door. VIP tickets are $100 

Where? Left Bank Annex, 101 North Weidler St., Portland

When? 5 PM-10 PM, Friday October 24, and 4 PM-10 PM, Saturday October 25 

More info here

Get tickets

Photo Credit: iStock

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Haunted Graveyard

There's nothing spookier than a graveyard around the time of Halloween. Visit the Haunted Davis Graveyard in Milwaukie any day or night through the month of October, or wait for special effects Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings for free. The Graveyard will have dancers on Halloween night. 

Where? 8703 South East 43rd Ave. Milwaukie, Oregon 97222

When? October 1-31, Monday-Thursday & Sat-Sun dusk-10 PM, Friday, dusk-11 PM 

More info here

Photo Credit: Davis Graveyard website 

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Halloween Fantasy Trail

The Halloween Fantasy Trail is a fun event for families. The lighted trail includes a decorated castle, suspension bridge, tunnel, and maze at Wenzel family farm. The trail costs $5 for adults and $4 for children 12 or under 

Where? Wenzel family farm in Oregon City

When? Oct 1-Oct 30, 12 PM-5 PM everyday and 7 PM-10 PM every night.

More info here

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Portland Coffee Crawl

Warm up the fall with coffee, coffee, and more coffee. 

The LAB a nation-wide caffine crawl organization is partnering with many local coffee shops and roasters throughout the four quarters of Inner Portland. Portlanders can join the coffee crawl and see what these local baristas have to offer. 

Where? Several Portland Coffee Shops, see a list of participating shops here

When? October 16-17

More info here

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13th Door Haunted House

Time to get scared. At the 13th Door Haunted House of Oregon guests will detailed sets, animated creatures, theatrical actors, and "horror." 

Where? 3855 SW Murray Blvd., Beaverton

When? October 1-31, weekdays 7 PM-10 PM, weekends 7 PM-11 PM, and 7 PM-Midnight on Halloween. 

More info here

Get tickets 

Photo Credit: Paul Bearers, 13th Door website 

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Howloween at the Zoo

Kids ages 3 to 11 can enjoy scavenger hunts, goody bags, and activities like watching animals eat pumpkins during Howloween at the Oregon Zoo.

Where? The Oregon Zoo

When? 10 AM- 3 PM, Sunday, October 26, 

More info here

Photo Credit: Oregon Zoo website 

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Halloween Dance Party

Are you over 21 and looking to celebrate Halloween out on the town? McMenamins Crystal Ballroom hosts an ’80s Video Dance Attack Halloween Party. The party includes big music videos, colorful lights, music, and dancing. 

Tickets cost $12 in advance and $15 day of. 

Where? The Crystal Ballroom, 1332 West Burnside St., Portland

When? 8 PM, October 31 

More info here

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Haunted Corn Maze

The Haunted Corn MAiZE is more than a four-acre trail through a cornfield sure to spook you this season. The haunted maze is for families and people of all ages who like Halloween and like to be a little scared. 

The maze goes on regardless of the weather and The MAiZE staff asks that guests not bring, flashlights, dogs, or masks to the event. 

Tickets cost $12. 

Where? 16511 North West Gillihan Rd., Portland, (On Sauvie Island at 
The Pumpkin Patch)

When? 7 PM-10 PM, October 10- November 1

Get Tickets 

Photo Credit: iStock

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Halloween on a Farm

Have a rustic fall experience by celebrating Halloween on a farm. Halloween on a Farm has many locations in the greater portland area that each include pumpkin patches, hayrides, and corn mazes.

Where? See a list of all farms offering Halloween activities here 

When? October 1-31

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Zombie Zip Line

If you like zombies and zip lining, or want to try zip lining as a zombie, than wear a costume to ZombieFest at Tree to Tree Aerial Adventure Park

Where? 2975 SW Nelson Road Gaston, OR 97119

When? October 18-19 and 25-26

More info here

Photo Credit: iStock 

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Killer Beer Week

Brewpublic celebrates its six year anniversary with a 10-day party. Killer Beer Week returns with various craft beer events throughout the Portland metro area. 

Brewpublic will release more details including new locations and new events to added to the mix.

Where? Various locations in Portland

When? October 17-26

More info here

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Fright Town

Do you like goblins, ghouls and ghosts? Do you like to be scared? If so, Fright Town is the place for you. Fright Town is one of the biggest haunted events in the North West and, features three haunted houses in one location.

Where? Exhibit Hall beneath the Memorial Coliseum
at the Rose Quarter, Portland

When?  Wednesday-Sunday, October 3-November 1

More info here

Get tickets 

Photo Credit: iStock 

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Trick or Treat Alberta

Trick or Treat Alberta Street is a fun Halloween event for the kids. The first 400 costumed kids to trick or treat at Umpqua Bank will receive a special trick or treat bag thanks to event sponsors.

All the businesses on Alberta street will be handing out treats. 

Where? Alberta St. in North Portland

When? 3:30-6 PM, Friday October 31

More info here 

Photo Credit: iStock 


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